If you have been following Really Random for any length of time, you will quickly realize that I love spending time with my grandkids. The other day, I had Ruby and Amelia after school as well. We went to the local cupcake shop. While they were excited at the prospect of choosing their cupcakes, when it came right down to it, three of the four opted for ice cream. Ruby was the only one who chose a cupcake--Red Velvet--very good choice. And why not try for the unicorn look with your cones?
On Saturday night, I attended another craft night fundraiser, this time for Central Valley Justice Coalition. I made the same project as the first time, but chose a different design. Christa gave a little presentation on CVJC and the work they are doing. She is an amazing education coordinator and we are very proud of the work she does.
I sat at a table of five, and we had such a good time. Jane and her friend, Pamela, working on their project.
Rhonda and Shawna. Rhonda was a little stressed by this project, leading to her facial expression. We told her the goal was fun, not perfection. Not sure whether she believed us or not. :)
The kids were out of school on Monday so we started the morning by going to Fantasy Donuts. There are way too many choices. And if there is one thing that is hard for me to resist, it's a good donut.
Charlotte chose some kind of maple donut. I think it might have had cream filling.
Gabe chose a jelly-filled heart-shaped glazed.
Ella loves her chocolate and sprinkles.
Levi chose the same as Charlotte, and I had a classic maple bar.
That gave Levi enough energy to help Gramps with the roses. Our good friend is a master gardener and swears by a certain rose formula each year. It includes alfalfa pellets, epsom salts, fertilizer, and a couple of other things. Let me know if you are interested and I'll send you the recipe. We have had good luck with it; it feeds the roses and keeps the aphids away.
Meanwhile, Charlotte did some homework, and Gabe and Ella watched a movie. The progression of movie watching:
Start with a quilt and a pillow.
Add some stuffed animals.
Add another quilt. Tell Grandma to stop.taking.pictures. Alas, I can't help it--they are so cute. :)
Mark bought this bouquet of stock the other day. They are the most fragrant flowers we have ever had--you can smell them throughout the house. And they are SO pretty.
But I won't be filling my glass with this--$29.99 a bottle!
Welcome to the new month.This will always be one of my favorites--my embroidered version of something designed by Gabe two years ago when I had thyroid surgery. I actually think it's a genius design, don't you?
I was able to see both Charlotte and Levi play basketball this week. I saw Charlotte score her first basket of the season.
Levi is to the far right, in the green, with the ball.
It warmed up enough to spend a little time outdoors. Ella is definitely an outdoor person. Me, on the other hand, really wanted to buy a t-shirt from Target that said "indoorsy." Haha.
Anyway, we thought it might be a good idea for the Gabe and Ella to have their own scooters at our house. And of course, helmets. Ella requested a unicorn. We found a helmet for Gabe that came with markers--just perfect for the artist that he is.
Christa was out of town for a couple of days. Aaron and the kids were going to a local nursery that has food trucks every week on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. He invited me to go along. Levi had a sandwich called "pig and mac," HUGE--pulled pork with mac and cheese. This is only half of it. And yes, he ate the whole thing.
Mark and I went to Carmel, one of our favorite spots on the coast of California. For the past several years, we have always gone on Super Bowl weekend. Our favorite hotel runs a special--three nights for the price of two.
Beautiful calla lilies in a planter box outside the office.
And on Super Bowl weekend, the town is deserted, the calm before the rush of the AT&T golf tournament at Pebble Beach this weekend.
However, this weekend it was cold and very windy--30 to 40 mph, so we didn't walk around the charming town as much as we usually do.Finally, on Tuesday morning before we had to leave, it was much nicer and we had a lovely morning in town.
Fun facts about Carmel:
There are no street addresses, so most of the houses have names. It is considered bad luck to change the name on a house.
Also, local law bans wearing shoes with heels more than 2 inches in height or with a base of less than 1 square inch, unless the wearer has a permit! The town was trying to avoid lawsuits resulting from all the irregular pavement.
And just in case you need a permit, they are available without charge at city hall.
The benefit of the high winds was catching some spectacular waves. No matter how hard I try, it is really impossible to catch a good picture of waves. And just when I give up, the next wave is astronomical...
Seen in a shop window in Pacific Grove. :)
We had dinner Monday night at one of our favorite restaurants in Monterey, the Chart House. We were there early and had a lovely window seat, looking out across the bay. This was right below our window.
Last week, Mark went to watch Charlotte play basketball. Although he referees basketball at least three days a week, Charlotte had requested that he block her school--she didn't want a ref who might be biased. :)
He also works at the scoring table for Fresno State basketball games, so he was dressed to go to that gig after Charlotte's game.
Well...no referees showed up for her game. So guess who was called into duty? That's Charlotte to the right of Mark.
After the game, she told him that he no longer needed to block her school. :)
Christa was out of town for the weekend, and Mark was reffing a game on Friday night, so Aaron and the kids came over for dinner. We had pizza. And Aaron introduced me to Crave cookies. Oh my goodness!
Crave cookies are delivered to your door. Hot out of the oven. They are huge (I didn't actually measure them, but they are probably about 5" in diameter)! And perfect. Crispy on the outside, soft and gooey on the inside. I'm not sure if it's a good thing that I know about them and how easy they are to obtain!
I'm doing some secret sewing. Don't you hate it when someone says that? So that's all I'm going to say. Except to post a picture of the some of the fabrics...
This was a Facebook memory from seven years ago, a block I designed to showcase this line of fabric for the designer. I really should make a whole quilt from this block as I quite like it.
The grandkids had so much fun with their little bargello Christmas ornaments so when I saw the Valentine's kits pop up in my Instagram feed, I ordered them right away. And you can too. I love their tag line: reviving a vintage needlecraft for modern makers.
Today I began something I have wanted to do for several years--documenting the quilts I have made since I began quilting in 1994. If you have quilted for awhile, do you ever wonder how many quilts you have actually made? Me too. Sometimes it's hard to believe I've been at it for 25 years! Some years have been more prolific than others. I know there have been some that I never mentioned here. And while many of them live somewhere else, there are piles here at home.
Photos of early quilts will be pictures of pictures, in other words, poor quality and awkward styling--taken long before I discovered another passion--quilt photography.
Since I want all the information to be chronological, cohesive and easy to access, I started another blog: Live a Colorful Life Quilt Diary: laclquiltdiary.blogspot.com.
Every week when I finish writing the really random post, I hope that there is something interesting to post about in the next week's edition. I think you will enjoy this one...
Mark's brother, Pete, and our sister-in-law, Jane, live in Driggs, Idaho. This is the view from where they live, on the outskirts of Driggs, taken in May 2018.
In winter, they get a lot of snow. Every year in January, Driggs has something called Snowscapes, where teams are invited to carve sculptures out of snow (you can see some past sculptures here).
Pete and Jane were part of a team of four, and sculpted an amazing creation called Oaxacan Tango. It might have been inspired by this beautiful card painted by Jane that I keep in my office so I can enjoy it on a regular basis.
Each team is given a big block of snow.
And then the sculpting begins.
Here you can see a couple of the other sculptures in the background.
I'm not quite sure all the tools that are involved, but this is how their sculpture turned out. Isn't it amazing??!
The coolest part is that they won both Grand Prize and Kid's Choice. Congratulations, Pete and Jane!
Now that Aaron has become a knitter, he is noticing other knitters as well. He saw this one in the stands at a local basketball game.
He also knows of my obsession with all things Pantone, and sent me this. I love nerdy Pantone facts like this.
Ruby turned 8 this week. She is undoubtedly one of the sweetest girls there is. Love her so much.
My two favorite 8-year-olds.
I already have a HUGe amount of fabric. So I'm going to try to stick with more hugs this year...